Ball State Class of '09: Jacob Green

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the tenth of those 22 installments.

Jacob Green, 6-4 238 TE Cincinnati (Wyoming)

What he brings: Jacob has good size and good speed for the TE position. He has proven on film that he can both line up in a normal TE position and work free against LBs and Safeties, but he also has the ability to split wide and line up also in the slot and work well. He seems to have solid route running skills for the TE position and is a natural hand catcher. He has enough speed to get vertical and make plays over the top of LBs. Not a burner by any stretch, but his athleticism and hands make him a very solid looking pass catching TE to fill into the shoes vacated by Ball State's Darius Hill. Jacob also flashes strong potential as a blocker as he has good feet and hands and makes solid blocks on the second level.

Areas of improvement: One thing that doesn't stick out on Green's film is his inline blocking skills. Can he hold the edge against bigger MAC level talent? In order to be a complete TE, he will have this part of his game to work on. Also, he needs to sharpen up his route skills and also adjust to the speed of the game at a new level.

BallStateInsider.com grade: I love Jacob Green's size and athleticism and can foresee him being a very valuable weapon in Coach Parrish's offense. His ability to make plays as a receiver will only be accentuated it he is able to develop even more as a blocker. Look for Green to be a small part of the offense as a true freshman, but work his way into being the workhorse-type pass catching TE that the Cardinal offense covets.


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